Tar Heel state Republicans like what they see in Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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'Trump’s advantage shrinks to just 6% among those with a four-year college degree or higher.'

Yet another poll in North Carolina shows Gov. Ron DeSantis is a serious presidential contender in 2024 for Tar Heel state Republicans.

President Donald Trump commands 52% support in the field against DeSantis and other candidates, with DeSantis in second place at 23%. But the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce poll also shows DeSantis surging particularly with educated Republicans in the state.

The survey of 534 likely voters in the upcoming North Carolina Primary, conducted in late April by Atlantic Polling Strategies, reveals the split.

“Trump runs strongest among respondents without a four-year college degree, where he leads DeSantis, 68% to 13%,” the polling memo asserts. “Trump’s advantage over DeSantis shrinks to just 6% among those with a four-year college degree or higher, 37% to 31%.”

This tracks with other polling that shows Trump’s appeal is with poorer, less educated voters, with DeSantis commanding affluent Republicans with advanced degrees.


DeSantis is the only remotely viable Trump alternative in the eyes of North Carolina conservatives. Just 5% of those surveyed were for former Ambassador Nikki Haley. Another 4% supported former Vice President Mike Pence, 4% backed South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and 2% were behind Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Other polling confirms the state of affairs in the Tar Heel State.

Spry Strategies polling of 600 likely North Carolina GOP Primary voters from April showed the former President had 48% support, with DeSantis at 19%. Haley was the third-place finisher, with just 8% support. Only 13% of voters were undecided.

With Trump removed from the question, DeSantis consolidated much of his support. His 32% share was way ahead of Cruz, at 11%, and Pence, who commanded 9% support. A full 32% of respondents were undecided without Trump in play.

A third contemporaneous North Carolina poll also showed this general dynamic. A survey of 600 likely voters conducted from April 1-3 by Cygnal and the John Locke Foundation showed Trump ahead of DeSantis in a crowded field, 45% to 26%.

DeSantis continues to say he is focused on his re-election campaign, but polling suggests he has a political future beyond Tallahassee, at least in the eyes of Republicans ready to move on from Trump.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • All alike

    May 6, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    You can get rid of trump but you can’t get rid of republicans being evil

    • Impeach Biden

      May 6, 2022 at 6:03 pm

      So I take it you are happy with the price of fuel, inflation on all consumer goods, increasing crime within the big cities as AG’s eliminate cash bail. Let’s not forget the chaos at the Southern Border. Yes you must be proud of the moron currently running or should I say ruining the country.

      • You

        May 6, 2022 at 6:57 pm

        I’m happy with anything that makes republicans upset.
        I just ignore them anyway. What they go through is of no concern to me.

        • Impeach Biden

          May 7, 2022 at 6:44 am

          You don’t upset me. It is obviously clear that “you” are a moron that votes for fellow morons; AOC, Jayapal, Bush, Talib, Omar. Just to name a few, I could go on and on.

          • You don’t

            May 7, 2022 at 11:01 am

            You don’t know who I vote for.

            Know how I know? Because Every Republican who looks at someone else’s votes like y’all?always says someone besides them and you didn’t hahaha

          • Impeach Biden

            May 7, 2022 at 3:39 pm

            You Don’t?

            English your second language?

          • Can’t wait

            May 8, 2022 at 1:57 am

            “English your second language”

            No but What if it was? Spanish is gonna be the first in 30 years you ain’t gonna stop it lol

          • Impeach Biden

            May 8, 2022 at 12:49 pm

            You know Can’t Wait several years ago I visited the BMW factory in Dingolfing, Germany. Our guide on that visit told us he was there to teach mid to upper management “English” as he said English is the language of world wide commerce. As you know Germany is an economic powerhouse. I thought about that comment that day and you sit back in your house in Hialeah or Kissimmee telling me I have to comply with your language. Of course you will be left behind. Listen to what that German said that day.

          • Luxury car

            May 8, 2022 at 2:42 pm

            “Listen to what that German said that day”

            They use English to trade with the Americans with lower standards

            Makes it easier get them to buy an overpriced car lol

          • Impeach Biden

            May 8, 2022 at 3:57 pm

            Luxury Car,

            You obviously know nothing about cars. Now get in your Hyundai and shut up.

          • Bill

            May 9, 2022 at 7:48 am

            I’ll see your AOC, Jayapal, Bush, Talib, Omar and raise you a MTG, Boebert, Cruz, Gaetz, Cawthorn, and an Abbott.

            Just face it, the choices are horrible on both sides.

      • At your price

        May 8, 2022 at 7:35 pm

        “You obviously know nothing about Cars”

        It’s a luxury to you Floridians since you can’t afford anything better

        Now get in your 67 Ford and shut up lol

        • Impeach Biden

          May 8, 2022 at 8:22 pm

          You couldn’t find Dingolfing on a map. Probably still live with your parents and hoping Joe Biden cancels your student loans.

          • How nice

            May 9, 2022 at 4:45 am

            “Probably still live with your parents”

            Probably still live with your
            Grandchildren lol

  • Donvanka

    May 6, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    What do you expect, those losers voted for Madison cawthorne

    • Impeach Biden

      May 7, 2022 at 7:42 am

      Care to comment on the people of Delaware? Joe Biden a US Senator for 36 years? That’s six times people went to the polls and voted in that incompetent fool.

  • Frankie M.

    May 7, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    We don’t need no high fallutin ivy league educated pansies tellin us what we need. We need more salt of the earth blue collar types who know their arse from their elbow.

    • Blue collar

      May 9, 2022 at 4:50 am

      But not how to bring a factory back from China.
      No one’s gonna pay $900.000 to have you make them an apple product lol

  • Tom

    May 9, 2022 at 7:52 am

    America’s Governor, do for America all the great things you have accomplished for Florida.

    DeSantis new generational leader! Voice of conservative Republican movement!
    DeSantis from Tallahassee, Govs mansion to WH oval.

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